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>> we appreciate your time. see you again at 6:00. tonight, several breaking developments. the bride-to-be shot dead by police. tonight for the first time what she said in her calls to 911. and a new report tonight on what police might have thought right before the shooting. also tonight, the state of emergency at this hour. the fire out of control. nearly 5,000 already evacuated. and tonight, it's now moving in on one of america's most famous parks. o.j. simpson, the decision tomorrow. and tonight, what we have learned already. how many votes does he need in that room? and we have one of the former prison guards here tonight. we have breaking news coming in involving president trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, jared kushner. he has now agreed to appear before the senate intelligence committee. our team standing by with when. and caught on camera? the new video tonight. did police plant evidence? you will see what one officer
does before authorities say he turned his bodycam on. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night, and we begin tonight with fast-moving developments in the case of the bride-to-be shot dead. a short time after she called 911 for help. tonight for the first time, justine damond's own words. what she told the 911 dispatcher when she called for help twice. still a mystery at this hour why one of the responding officers shot her. so far, he is still not talking. but tonight, there is a new report on the officers and what they might have thought just before those shots were fired. abc's alex perez in minneapolis tonight. >> female screaming behind the building. >> reporter: tonight, a clearer picture emerging of justine damond's final minutes. police releasing the transcript of her late night call to 911 from her minneapolis home. i can hear someone out the back, she says.
i'm not sure if she is having sex or being raped. telling the dispatcher, it's been going on for a while, and i think she tried to say help, and it sounds distressed. even calling back eight minutes later, still waiting, worried that officers got the address wrong. investigators now revealing officers matthew harrity and mohamed noor responded to that dark alley. squad car lights off. harrity later telling investigators they were startled by a loud noise nearby and that damond appeared immediately at the driver's side window. he says noor who was on the passenger side, then fired his gun through the open driver's side window. >> shots fired. we've got one down. >> 530, i'm administering cpr. >> reporter: shortly after calling police to get help for another woman, damond was dead. harrity's attorney telling the "minneapolis star tribune," it's certainly reasonable to assume the police believed they might be the target of an ambush. so far, officer noor has declined to be interviewed by investigators. but police tonight say they also want to talk to another possible
witness. >> there was someone 18, to a 25-year-old male on a bicycle who was there who may have some information. >> reporter: spotted just before the shooting and later at the scene while police were trying to save damond. the governor of minnesota calling damond's death a horrible tragedy. >> my greatest concern is for the individual who -- justine damond, and for her family who have suffered this grievous loss. >> reporter: in her native australia, an emotional memorial for damond who was due to get married in three weeks. even the australian prime minister demanding justice. >> how can a woman out in the street in her pajamas seeking assistance from the police be shot like that? >> and alex perez joins us live tonight. alex, we know an independent investigation is already well under way, and who would decide in this case whether to bring any charges? >> reporter: well, david, in
most cases, it would be a grand jury, but here in minneapolis, the county prosecutor has decided he alone will review evidence and determine whether to pursue charges. david? >> alex perez leading us off tonight. alex, thank you. there is also a state of emergency playing out tonight. 43 major fires burning. one in particular forcing nearly 5,000 from their homes as the fire now gets closer. and tonight, it is moving in on yosemite national park. smoke so thick in the park, you cannot see what makes it most famous. abc's kenneth moton on the fire lines from california. >> reporter: tonight, the detwiler fire, exploding in size to more than 70 square miles. firefighters calling it the most powerful of their careers. >> talking to firefighters, it's been over ten years since we've seen fire and fire growth like this. >> reporter: 2,200 firefighters trying to keep up in grueling conditions on the ground. these firefighters are the first line and pretty much the only defense watch over these flames hosing them down because look. walk with me here because you can see there's a home they are trying to protect just a few feet away. from the air, this firefighter's
helmet cam showing the terrifying view as the fire rages out of control. the governor declaring a state of emergency. the entire town of mariposa, all 2,000 residents ordered to get out. >> everybody is scared. you would never think something like this would happen in your town. >> got three wells going, fire breaks, water truck. >> reporter: brian bullis and his wife staying behind to protect their nearby home. >> these winds are totally different this year, and there is a lot of fuel. >> reporter: this timelapse showing the smoke rolling through yosemite valley. half dome disappearing in the haze. the fire, burning just 35 miles from yosemite national park, at the height of tourist season. flames already shutting down one of the main roads. firefighters setting back fires to control the blaze's spread. david, the firefight will continue in these dry conditions and extreme heat. things can change in an instant out here so firefighters say their main objective keep residents away from this dangerous situation and control these flames. david. >> kenneth moton in california for us. kenneth, thanks.
in the meantime, we're also following severe storm warnings at this hour. a potentially dangerous heat wave for much of the country. triple digit temperatures on tap, and i want to go to ginger zee tracking it for us. ginger? >> reporter: and david, trees are uprooting right now as we speak. 70 miles per hour winds, and a severe thunderstorm watches. even embedded tornado warnings in that line in minnesota and iowa. i want to take you south of there where in this heat dome, there are excessive heat warnings and advisories that stretch from oklahoma, through missouri and then all the way here to new york. numbers will look like this. 110 in kansas city, it feels like here tomorrow, nearly 100 in new york. david. >> ginger zee with us. ginger, thanks as always. we are also following breaking developments involving president trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, jared kushner. we have just learned he will now appear before the senate intelligence committee on monday. abc's senior white house correspondent, cecilia vega, with what she has learned tonight. >> reporter: tonight, abc news has learned jared kushner will be the first person in the president's inner circle to appear before senate
investigators in their russia probe. the president's son-in-law and senior adviser has agreed to appear before the senate intelligence committee on monday as part of the investigation into russian election meddling. kushner likely to face tough questions about his meetings with russian officials during the transition, meetings he did not initially disclose on security clearance applications. not to mention that trump tower meeting with donald trump jr. two weeks after mr. trump became the republican nominee. in an e-mail, don junior was told the purpose of the meeting with the russian lawyer was to provide the trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate hillary. the information described as high level and sensitive, and part of russia and its government's support for mr. trump. and tonight the president is lashing out at his attorney general who recused himself from the russia investigation. president trump telling "the new york times" he never would have appointed jeff sessions had he
known sessions would have stepped down from that probe. >> how do you recuse yoourus? if you would have done that before the b jo, i would have said, no thanks. i won't take you. that's unfair in a mild word, to the president. >> all right, let's get live to cecilia vega at the white house. you learned that donald trump jr. and former campaign chair, paul manafort, have both been asked to testify on capitol hill next week? >> reporter: representatives for both those men confirmed they have received these invitations, but their appearances are not confirmed. both said they would be willing to cooperate, and you remember not long ago, president trump said if don junior wants to testify, he should. >> cecilia vega, thank you. president trump, meanwhile, bringing senate republicans to the white house today, and issuing a new order. do not leave washington until you come up with a new plan to repeal and replace obamacare. but then the white house was asked, is the president promising the same himself? will he stay in washington until it happens too? abc's mary bruce on the hill again tonight.
>> reporter: first, the president said he wanted to repeal and replace. then when republicans blindsided him, he said, just repeal. then it was just let obamacare fail. and today at the white house, a new order, to go back to repeal and replace. >> i intend to keep my promise, and i know you will too. >> reporter: it was a signature promise he made repeatedly on the campaign trail. >> we're going to repeal and replace obamacare. >> reporter: then as president-elect, he promised to do it quickly. >> probably the same day. could be the same hour. >> reporter: and today he told senators they should not leave town until they get it done. >> we should repeal and replace and we shouldn't leave town until this is complete. until this bill is on my desk. >> reporter: the president reminding republicans sitting there that they voted more than 60 times to repeal all or part of obamacare while obama was in office. >> i'm sitting in that office. i have pen in hand. you never had that before. you know, for seven years, you
had an easy route. we'll repeal and replace. he is never going to sign it. but i'm signing it. so it's a little bit different. >> reporter: the president also making a veiled threat against one of the senators who signaled he might bail. senator dean heller of nevada sitting right next to him. >> he wants to remain a senator, doesn't he? okay? >> reporter: meanwhile back on the hill -- protesters swarmed the capitol making clear what's at stake for republicans. [ chanting ] tonight, republican leader mitch mcconnell is pushing ahead. he says the senate will still move to vote on a bill to just repeal obamacare. but some republicans are still not on board. >> no replace with repeal. whatever part of the process is, i'm not voting for it. >> mary bruce live on the hill again tonight, and the senate could go ahead next week to vote in a straight repeal, and we're learning from the congressional budget office the score. how many americans could be affected?
>> reporter: a straight repeal could leave 32 million more americans uninsured over the next decade, and premiums for some could double. that's only if republicans don't come up with a separate plan to replace obamacare. >> what about that other issue? what about the president? the white house was asked, is he willing to stay in washington as he has ordered senate republicans on this? >> reporter: the white house says the president is willing to stay in town so long as senators are right here on the hill and working on health care. david? >> mary bruce, thank you. next tonight to o.j. simpson. the decision comes tomorrow. a parole board could clear him to leave after nine years behind bars. one of the men he is accused of robbing telling abc news he should go free. abc's senior national correspondent, matt gutman, outside the prison tonight. >> reporter: after nine years in lockup in lovelock, nevada, o.j. simpson is headed to that fateful parole hearing with an ace up his sleeve. the man you see simpson heading to rob at this casino telling abc news he'll testify on behalf of the nfl hall of famer.
that 2007 heist instead got him an up to 33-year sentence. >> i thought i was confronting friends, and retrieving my property. so i'm sorry. i'm sorry for all of it. >> reporter: former prison guard, craig arnett chatted with simpson regularly during his first years in prison. >> what was he like? >> to tell you the truth, he was just like anybody else on the yard. he was never disrespectful. >> reporter: that's the case simpson will try to plea to the parole board, and it happened beyond the barbed wire, and through that little blue door there. that parole board comprised of six commissioners will also consider the potential risk he poses to society should he be released. now simpson needs four of the six majority in order to be granted freedom, david, but given his age, the pristine record he has and of course, the support of his victim, it's likely he will get paroled. still, he can't walk free until at least october 1st. david. >> matt gutman in nevada. matt will be there tomorrow, and stay with abc news for complete coverage beginning with "gma" in
the morning. a live interview with fred and kim goldman. then live coverage on abc of the parole hearing and a wrap-up here of course, on "world news tonight." next this evening, troubling images from a baltimore police officer's bodycam. authorities say it appears to show him planting evidence while other officers watched and then turning on his bodycam. now that evidence leading to an arrest, raising doubts about that arrest and dozens of other cases he has been involved with. abc's linzie janis with the video tonight. >> reporter: tonight, one baltimore police officer suspended and two others placed on limited duty as authorities investigate this video. >> i'm going to check here. >> reporter: the officer's body camera shows him walking down the alley, sifting through some trash and finding a bag of drugs inside a soup can. >> yo! >> reporter: but the body camera records 30 seconds of silent footage before the officer turns it on.
in those 30 seconds, you can see the officer in that alley, appearing to plant the drugs. two of his fellow officers standing right there. >> this is a serious allegation of police misconduct. >> reporter: the city's public defenders office says the video was used to arrest and charge a man in january. those charges dropped in recent days, only after the video was discovered. david, the officer is a witness in more than 50 active cases. the public defender is calling for a full review of the cases as well as those involving the other two officers, david. >> linzie janis with us. linzie, thank you. there is still much more ahead here on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the video coming in. a gunman opening fire on a busy road. the female driver and her passenger targeted. the confrontation turning violent. the woman's suv riddled with bullet holes and you will see surveillance video coming up right here in a moment. also ahead, the helicopter making the emergency landing on the water. the police rescue and tonight, we are learning who was on board that chopper. and new jersey governor
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still in a race against time. at the first hospital, we saw this 2-year-old weighing just 11 pounds. the nurse working telling us at the time, she was so weak they feared she would die within minutes after arriving. more than 100 miles away, another hospital. we won't forget this doctor and what he told us. you are on the verge of famine. >> that's what i believe. that's what i believe. >> you are seeing it? >> we're seeing it. it's here. >> reporter: this child lost the strength to talk. his tiny hand in mine. tonight for the fires first time ever, eight u.s. based relief organizations are now joining forces to get the word out that urgent help is needed in somalia, south sudan, nigeria and yemen. more than 20 million facing starvation. actor george clooney lending his voice. >> americans are the most generous people on the planet. helping others is engrained in our spirit. >> reporter: so many of you at home already proving that, giving nearly $2 million in
donations after our report. tonight those eight organizations now working as one, creating the hunger relief fund saying $2 can provide water at school for an entire month. $1.30 can buy antibiotics and help a severely malnourished child recover in south sudan. you're sounding the alarm. >> we need people to realize what's going on across these four countries. we can make a difference for these kids if we act now. >> reporter: children being helped by so many of you. thank you for watching here on a wednesday night. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. good night. bullets and a baby stroller. right now the search continues
for the person who pulled the trigger this afternoon in alameda county, killing the man but leaving the baby unharmed. thousands of acres burned. thousands of people evacuated. we're live at mare posa county tonight with hopes and fears. next door to the rubble of one site begins the construction of another. today's groundbreaking in oakland is not just making a building, it's taking a stand. this is creepy or cool? we're going to explain what stanford researchers have created then let you decide. the crackling flames ignite fears in thousands of people because this could become one of the most destructive wildfires this season. good evening. thank you for joining us. >> calfier says 1500 homes are threatened by what's being called the detwiler fire burning
outside yosemite national park. >> more than 45,000 acres have burned, double the figure from yesterday. the monster fire has been going for four days now and it's 7% contained. >> good news, though, calfi fir says there are no injuries. the fire hasn't reached yosemite but is threatening power lines. people from mariposa county have been evacuated from their homes. >> we have the story of some of the evacuees. >> reporter: the fire has grown tremendously in the last 24 hours. some of it right here behind me in that canyon above where we are standing. that's just above highway 49. this is the main thoroughfare from coulterville to mariposa. it's this kind of activity today that prompted a new round of evacuations. >> i am alive. 'm notm alive.